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AirAsia Agrees Inflight Social Distancing Not Necessary Due To Low Risk Of Infection

AirAsia Agrees Inflight Social Distancing Not Necessary Due To Low Risk Of Infection

Tasneem Nazari

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AirAsia Bhd has announced that they are in agreement with the government’s decision to make social distancing on flights no longer mandatory.

Speaking to Bernama, the company’s chief executive officer, Riad Asmat quoted the International Airline Transport Association’s (IATA) statement that the risk of contracting Covid-19 while flying is very low.

Riat stressed that aeroplanes have features that lower the risk of infection, comparing the air quality inside an aircraft to that of a hospital operating room.

Planes have features that lower the risk of inflight infection such as High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that ensure the air inside planes is always clean, and the air quality is comparable to that in a hospital operating room

Riad Asmat via Bernama

So far, Malaysia has not recorded any Covid-19 clusters that arose from any infections on flights.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, many airlines chose to keep middle seats empty in an effort to allow their customers to practice inflight social distancing. Credit: Star Tribune

Riad also stated that AirAsia welcomes the reopening of domestic travel and the RM1,000 income tax relief for expenses made within the domestic tourism industry until December 2021.

Holding strong to our mantra ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’, we wholeheartedly support the government’s launch of the Unlimited Pass to stimulate and revive Malaysia’s domestic tourism.

Riad Asmat via Bernama

This comes after Malaysia reopens the domestic tourism industry following Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) on 7 June 2020.

Under the RMCO, several standard operating procedures (SOP) that were put in place under the movement control order (MCO) has been relaxed, including allowing the public to travel from state to state across the country starting 10 June.


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